World Building (17): On Tysfan

The mightiest city in the world, home to almost a million souls, the great Tysfan has been the capital of Haranshar for almost three centuries. It is accounted one of the most beautiful and graceful cities in the world, a true marvel. The airs there are sweet and fresh, the gardens as verdant as anyone … Continue reading World Building (17): On Tysfan

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Film Review: “Star Wars: Episode VIII–The Last Jedi” and the Aesthetics of Resistance

For me, a new Star Wars film is always a cause for celebration. I would consider myself a casual fan, someone who both takes pleasure in the franchise and recognizes its tremendous cultural impact and value as a text worthy of examination. While I was happy with The Force Awakens, to my mind The Last Jedi is like a breath of … Continue reading Film Review: “Star Wars: Episode VIII–The Last Jedi” and the Aesthetics of Resistance

Hot Take: How the Democrats Can Win Big in 2018 (and Maybe 2020)–“Dignity”

  In his opinion for the majority in the case Obergefell v. Hodges, Anthony Kennedy wrote of those seeking the right to marry: "They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right." One word stands out to me about this opinion: "dignity." It's no secret that the famously moderate … Continue reading Hot Take: How the Democrats Can Win Big in 2018 (and Maybe 2020)–“Dignity”

Queer Classics: The Agony and the Ecstasy of “Call Me By Your Name” (2017)

Warning. Spoilers for the film follow. Call Me By Your Name opens with a series of snapshots of statues from antiquity, emblems of beauty, desire, and a world lost to the vicissitudes of time. About midway through the film, the main character Elio's father refers to these statues, arguing that they dare us to desire, their … Continue reading Queer Classics: The Agony and the Ecstasy of “Call Me By Your Name” (2017)